Christmas message 2019 from the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles
One statement which I don’t like is “Christmas is all about the kids.” It’s something that I often hear at this time of year. Now don’t get me wrong – I absolutely loved Christmas as a child and each year I find myself reliving many cherished memories. Now as an adult, I love seeing the excitement and joy of today’s children. So what’s my issue?
My problem is that by equating Christmas only for children we have reduced Christmas to presents, parties, lights and food. Now again, I love the Christmas atmosphere of people coming together and having fun. But wonderful as partying is, is this all that there is to Christmas? So what are we celebrating? It is good that family and friends gather together for fun but is there nothing more to Christmas?
Without a doubt, Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year. Christmas reveals that we are precious. At the first Christmas God took on human flesh to make us like God. Jesus loved us so much he was born in the stable to redeem us. From that moment, God would be with us in a new way. We would never be alone.
Christmas is a special time for everyone. I hope that we all can enjoy its social moments but even more the beauty of encountering the love of Jesus in our hearts. Jesus was born for us all and so I wish each one of you, young and old, a happy and holy Christmas!
Bishop of Argyll and the Isles